Dear CSPS Family,

As my term winds down as President of the CSPS, I have been reflecting on all that has happened this past year.  It has been a true pleasure to be able to highlight many of the great things our members did over this past year in the areas of patient education, community service, and advocacy for our patients, members and specialty.  Click Here to check out the Annals of Plastic Surgery editorial in our May Supplement.

2018-2019 Visiting Professor

One of my favorite Presidential activities was serving as the CSPS Visiting Professor to our academic programs and local societies!  Thanks to Stanford Residency Program for their kind hospitality they extended to me during my last trip as CSPS Visiting Professor this term!  It was fun being able to share about my approach to postbariatric contouring patients, including techniques of tissue preservation and local tissue rearrangement for autoaugmentation of the buttock and breasts. It was a special privilege to able to publically share about and thank James Chang, Gordon Lee, and Rahim Nazerali for the important roles they played in “My Journey Toward the CSPS Presidency,” my grand rounds highlighting them and the many people who supported, encouraged and mentored me along the way!

I have also enjoyed being more involved in advocacy, not only for the specialty of plastic surgery, but the entire House of Medicine.  I have learned successful legislative advocacy depends upon an integrated approach consisting of lobbying, grassroots activity, and political action!  I was pleased that CSPS could lend it’s support to the California Medical Association in their 45th Annual Legislative Advocacy Day held in Sacramento!

Pictured L-R:  Dr. Terry Zimmerman, Dr. Matthew Zeiderman, Dr. Jack Bruner, and Dr. Michael Wong

I was particularly proud to see Dr. Susan Kaweski, another example of CSPS members making a positive impact beyond their own practices of plastic surgery!  This year Susan serves as the Chair of the CMA Political Action Committee (CALPAC), operated by physicians for physicians, supporting hundreds of candidates for state and federal office who share CMA’s philosophy and vision of the future of healthcare and medical practice!

Pictured L-R: Dr. Susan Kaweski, Dr. Michael Wong, & Dr. Jack Bruner

With the success we had in advocating before the Medical Board of California (MBC) regarding the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery issue, and CSPS’ continued role in maintaining the integrity of board certification advertising, ASPS has invited me to participate in the ASPS Advocacy Summit June 17-19, 2019.  I encourage members to strongly consider attending this once a year event that has replaced regional fly-ins where ASPS members descend on the Nation’s Capital on one day, meeting with their respective legislatures to advocate for issues important to plastic surgeons and our patients!  It was my honor and privilege to join a delegation from the CSPS representing our state at the ASPS Advocacy Summit last year.  It was a wonderful experience learning from our Society’s most seasoned and active advocate, Deb Johnson, Past-President of ASPS and CSPS, as she led our California Delegation on Capital Hill.  Terry Zimmerman, CSPS PAC President and CSPS Vice-President, and Danielle Rochlin, Stanford Plastic Surgery Resident and Health Policy Fellow, rounded out our team.  We were able to actively engage our national representatives at the Capitol, championing on behalf of our patients, our members, and specialty.  It was a special pleasure to be able to sit with our California Congresswomen, Anna Eshoo and Doris Matsui, both friends of patients and plastic surgeons.  I hope we can have an even stronger representation at #ASPSSummit19

Through these activities, I have grown to appreciate the important role that our PACs play in this process.  CSPS and ASPS also have PACs that similarly support candidates for state and federal office who share CSPS’ and ASPS’ philosophy and vision of healthcare and the practice of plastic surgery!  If you are not a donor to any of these PACs, please consider doing so!  I am personally a member of all three of these PACs (click on the links below for more information):

CSPS PAC as part of membership renewal


#CSPS 2019 Annual Meeting
Finally, the #CSPS2019 Annual Meeting is right around the corner and the Scientific Committee is making the final plans for our 69th Annual Meeting in Sacramento! Special thanks to our Scientific Co-Chairs Amanda Gosman, MD and Rahim Nazerali, MD and the entire Scientific Program Committee!  Based on our member Needs Assessment, we have sessions on:  The Business of Plastic Surgery with panelists Heather Furnas, MD, Josh Korman, MD, and MWSPS President Rich Baynosa, MD; Blepharoplasty with panelists Scott Barttelbort, MD, UC Davis Chief Granger Wong,  MD and ASAPS President-Elect Charles Thorne, MD;   Fat Grafting with panelists Amanda Gosman, MD, Ashkan Ghavami, MD, and Rod Rohrich, MD; Cellular Rejuvenation Therapy with Robert Singer, MD, Joel Aronowitz, MD, Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation President Julio Garcia, MD, and Gordon Sasaki, MD; Breast Implants – Where are we now? With panelists Lynn Jeffers, MD, Wai-Yee Li, MD, PhD, and Mary McGrath, MD; and a Resident Bowl  organized by Scott Hansen, MD and Alex Wong, MD.  Our Brody Lecture will feature Rod Rohrich, MD speaking about Rhinoplasty. If you haven’t registered for the meeting yet, you can still take advantage of early bird registration by May 6th! Click here to register now!

CSPS Family Program
And bring your families with you as we have a full program planned for them.  On Friday, May 31st, families will be enjoying the 8 pm Broadway on Tour show featuring Disney’s Tony Award Winning Aladdin at the Sacramento Community Center Theater.  Click here to visit their website & prepurchase your tickets

On Saturday, June 1st, there will be two outings, a morning outing to the Sacramento Zoo and the Funderland Amusement Park  and an afternoon Family walk around Downtown Commons aka DOCO

On Sunday, June 2nd, there will be two outings, a morning tour of the California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento, and an afternoon Sacramento Rivercats game.  Click here to prepurchase tickets for this game or others & to visit their website

Sacramento: The Farm-to-Fork Capital of the Country
We are also excited to showcase the food scene in Sacramento, the Farm-to-Fork Capital of the Country, to all attendees of the #CSPS2019 Annual Meeting!  I had the chance to speak with Patrick Mulvaney, the proprietor, chef, and public policy advocate at his restraurant Mulvaney’s B&L that specializes in hand crafted New American cuisine with a menu that changes daily in step with the local growing seasons.  Click here to see our third video highlighting his restaurant and others that attendees might consider trying during the May 30th – June 2nd Annual Meeting weekend.  My Sacramento Plastic Surgery Family and I hope you come and join us for the meeting and enjoy some of the great farm-to-fork fare that Sacramento is famous for!

Again, thank you for the honor and privilege of serving as your CSPS President!  Come to our #CSPS2019 Sacramento Annual Meeting for a great program and celebrate an incredible year with your CSPS Family!

Hope to see you and your families!

Michael S. Wong, MD, FACS
President, California Society of Plastic Surgeons